About me

As my name might suggest, I'm an Englishman, born and bred in South East England.

I'm currently living in the beautiful city of Prague in the Czech Republic with my wife and twin 4 year old girls.

Having worked for over over 12 years as an in-house and freelance Graphic Designer, Art Director, UI Designer, UX Designer and Design Manager for agencies, start-ups, corporates & software companies my clients and employers will tell you that for creative thinking and high quality production of web and marketing creative, user interface design and user experience workflows I've got the skills and experience to help take your project to the next level.

My key skills include

Web application UI Design

One of my key specialities is in User Experience Design. Having worked in and around User Experience teams for Monster.com, 360Cities.net and AVG.com I am able to plan, design and build user experiences that answer to the needs of a customer. This first involves studying the customer, understanding their needs and conveying that into a flow that makes sense to them.

Print and out-of-home design

From the beginning of my career I have learned the traditional art of publishing design. As a sign maker and in my first agency my layout skills developed from traditional printed media and vinyl signs to the glorious world of the web.

Visual Brand Development

As a creative thinker and expressive artist, building strong user experiences involves more than simply painting pretty pictures. Having worked in Marketing and Brand teams (Monster.com & AVG.com), I have learnt to question what the brand stands for, what insight it answers to, and look to build on this and to craft it into the User Experience - this is often one of the more significant brand touch-points.

I can help you to develop your brand by understanding where you want to be in the mind of a user, develop a strategy and visual look and feel that delivers on those aspirations and bring your brand to live in print and digital media by providing an experience the customer will remember and enjoy sharing.

Recent Projects

Work Experience

objective

To provide clear, creative, usable, effective design solutions for web front end, traditional print design and related digital mediums. I work well when defining a front end to suit a business solution, or re-defining an existing solution that is not working for firm, or user, as they would like.

skills

Design from business description to high-finish graphic presentational mockup.

Information architectural structuring to achieve simple, intuitive navigation.

Defining work flows through wire-frame prototyping to achieve optimum user experience.

Building the front end in HTML / CSS / javascript / flash (actionscript 3) as appropriate.

Job History

Design Manager

Senior Web designer / front end developer / solutions architect

Freelance Multimedia Designer / User Experience Consultant

Senior Web Designer / Art Director

Front End Designer / Developer

New Media Designer

graphic / map technician

Sign maker / fitter

Education

September 1998 - July 2000 Reading Art & Design College Reading, Berkshire HNVQ Level 2 Digital Graphic Design Graphic Design Distinction Grade Point Average

September 2000 - July 2003 Cumbria Institute of the Arts Cumbria, England BA(Hons) Multimedia Design & Digital Animation UI / Web Design and 3D Animation

Interests

Mauy Thai Kick Boxing

Aussie Rules Football

Flying Power Kites

Playing the Djembe drum

Working out in the gym

And of course...

Unique and smart design

Web and associated technologies

The mobile web, and all the gadgets

The business world of the net

Let's talk...

Jamie McDonnell


jamie.mcdonnell [at] gmail [dot] com
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